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Rapping with students

Harbans Grewall and Laurae McNally.

Surrey students with a passion for the arts can bank on RBC to help them nurture it.

The RBC Foundation announced funding of $40,000 toward the Surrey School District’s RBC Take P-Art program.

RBC’s Harbans Grewall, who presented the cheque to Surrey school board chair Laurae McNally, said RBC is proud to support an initiative that sparks the imagination and creativity of students.

“Education and helping students succeed in school is our top priority. It’s an honour to play a small part in supporting this important program and the individuals who bring it to life.”

Since 2005, the RBC Foundation has contributed $330,000 to Take P-Art, which provides 6,000 inner-city students in the district the opportunity to participate in artistic creation, event planning, back stage operations and the experience of watching and performing in a top-level theatrical event.

Take P-Art kicked off with a performance by hip hop artists from local group Metaphor at the Bell theatre.

Metaphor artists will now visit 10 schools, providing hands-on workshops to help students create their own hip hop music and raps that investigate issues of importance to them. The workshops will culminate in a performance by students, many of whom have never been in a professional theatre, at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts on April 21.